I feel like I have so many diagnoses that I don’t know which ones are real and which are just symptoms of another. Can anyone else relate?
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Anxiety (Including GAD)
I sure can. For me I can see that the unhealed trauma from C-PTSD is what mostly fed into all my other conditions. When I learned about C-PTSD everything started to make more sense to me and I've been able to unravel much of it now.
I completely understand. I’m trying to figure out if I have ASD or if it’s just symptoms of all of my other diagnoses mixing together
OR your other diagnoses could be related to being neurodiverse, whether it’s your ADD or you also have ASD. I’m kind of in the opposite situation where I’m sure I’m autistic, but idk if I have ADHD/ADD as well. they’re separate but have a lot of overlap, more people are being diagnosed with both now.
I definitely relate. I have a handful of diagnoses and even more possibilities. It's a struggle to accept when I have OCD because I am always wondering, "Is this really an issue for me, or did I misrepresent myself somehow? Am I making things up?" It's helpful to remind myself that even if I do somehow have the wrong diagnosis, I can still treat my symptoms. My old therapist told me that it's more helpful to know your symptoms than have a list of diagnoses, and I find that true for myself.
lol yeah same, I think everything I struggle with boils down to being an autistic person with C-PTSD. some of my trauma was definitely exacerbated by how I was treated because I’m on the spectrum, but there are also multiple reasons why I developed C-PTSD. all my other diagnoses stem from ASD and my trauma, though, for sure.
A lot of neuro divergencies happen in the same person. Autistic people often have ADHD, depression and/or anxiety.
Someone told me about like primary and secondary diagnoses like a hierarchy. A classic example is developing depression and/or anxiety as a result of struggling with a different “primary” diagnosis
OCD is another common “secondary” diagnosis
Yeah plus so many things have overlapping symptoms
At the end of the day the diagnosis is a label that you may or may not fit based on some definition I try not to sweat it too much and in general if you have a lot of the symptoms you can see if any of the treatments might be helpful for u
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